Tony Koch spent 25 years with News Limited. He has won five Walkley Awards, a Sir Keith Murdoch News Limited Award, Graham Perkin Award, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Australian School of Journalism. He was inducted to the Media Hall of Fame in 2018. He started with Queensland Country Life and was the first journalist to be trained as a pilot as part of his reporting duties. He started working as a shorthand court reporter and in the last 15 years concentrated on Indigenous issues in Cape York and the Torres Strait.